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20 million Britons want to bring back the death penalty
By Harry Lambert - 14 August 15:42

People who believe in the death penalty are more likely than most to read Richard Littlejohn, watch Jeremy Clarkson and like Clint Eastwood.

Shadow transport secretary says former cabinet minister has "a huge contribution still to make to politics".
Alan Johnson should return to the shadow cabinet, says Mary Creagh
By George Eaton - 14 August 15:09

Shadow transport secretary says former cabinet minister has "a huge contribution still to make to politics".

The shadow transport secretary on Labour's rail plans, Alan Johnson's possible comeback and why she doesn't regret her comments on Thomas The Tank Engine.
Mary Creagh interview: "We’ve got the biggest shake-up of the railways since privatisation"
By George Eaton - 14 August 14:28

The shadow transport secretary on Labour's rail plans, Alan Johnson's possible comeback and why she doesn't regret her comments on Thomas The Tank Engine. 

Parliament shouldn’t need recalling; it should meet throughout the summer anyway
By Kevin Meagher - 14 August 13:03

We need reforms to parliament's summer recess in order to address the inevitable annual calls for it to be recalled over the break.

Nick Clegg has pre-empted an expected Tory manifesto commitment.
The Lib Dems steal a march on the Tories by pledging to cut National Insurance
By George Eaton - 14 August 11:25

Nick Clegg has pre-empted an expected Tory manifesto commitment. 

Glenda Jackson: “Britain is in danger of being governed by pensioners like me”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 14 August 11:21

The Hampstead MP and former Oscar-winning actor on why people her age shouldn’t run politics, coming close to “castrating" her male colleagues, and being an “anti-sociable socialist”.

What does the US response to stranded refugees in Iraq mean for David Cameron?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 14 August 8:37

As the US reports fewer stranded refugees on Mount Sinjar than expected, how can the PM respond to the decreasing likelihood of a rescue operation?

The emphatic rejection of Toryism in London shows that much of modern Britain – even if it holds centre-right views – is not comfortable with the Conservative Party.
Ethnic minorities mean that John Major would not win today
By Tim Wigmore - 13 August 20:15

The emphatic rejection of Toryism in London shows that much of modern Britain – even if it holds centre-right views – is not comfortable with the Conservative Party.

In this week’s magazine | A century of meddling in the Middle East
By New Statesman - 13 August 16:08

A first look at this week's magazine.

The SNP is paying the price for its botched currency logic.
Why is everything going wrong for the Scottish Yes campaign?
By James Maxwell - 13 August 16:04

The SNP is paying the price for its botched currency logic.

Does the British public want to bomb ISIS?
By Harry Lambert - 13 August 14:13

Voters opposed action against Assad, but support strikes against ISIS. Are recent events or the phrasing of a question responsible?

One of the questions facing David Cameron as he returns from his holiday.
Will the UK follow France and arm the Kurds?
By George Eaton - 13 August 12:39

One of the questions facing David Cameron as he returns from his holiday. 

We must not find ourselves wondering how this humanitarian crisis spiralled further and further out of control.
For the desperate of Iraq there is no quick fix, but we can help alleviate some of the suffering
By Jim Murphy MP - 13 August 12:03

We must not find ourselves wondering how this humanitarian crisis spiralled further and further out of control.

GDP may be rising, but wage growth is at its lowest level on record. There is no recovery for most voters.
Falling wages show why the Tories aren't benefiting from the return of growth
By George Eaton - 13 August 10:32

GDP may be rising, but wage growth is at its lowest level on record. There is no recovery for most voters. 

Houses not covered by the coalition's Flood Re scheme could become uninsurable. Photo: Getty
Labour is right: it’s the government’s duty to protect people from climate change
By Guy Shrubsole - 12 August 17:29

New Conservative Environment Secretary Liz Truss ahd her Lib Dem coalition partners need to be clear on how they will better protect Britain from climate change.

Lisa Nandy, Labour MP for Wigan
Lisa Nandy: “The forces in British politics at the moment are all on the right”
By Tim Wigmore - 12 August 16:00

The Labour MP for Wigan talks about the need for her party to appeal to people who feel “very insecure” and “lack control over their own lives and communities”.

We must restore the value of children's benefits.
The minimum cost of raising a child to adulthood: £83,000
By Lindsay Judge - 12 August 10:46

New research by Child Poverty Action Group shows that the cost of raising a child threatens to tip an increasing number of families into poverty.

The destruction of this Caliphate must come from a Muslim-led force.
The US and the UK can’t defeat ISIS – Arab states have to take the lead
By Sunny Hundal - 12 August 8:32

The destruction of this caliphate must come from a Muslim-led force. 

Infrastructure spending isn’t enough, we need a radical shift of power away from London
By Stuart Speeden - 11 August 15:14

City regions should be at the heart of future economic and social development, with powers and responsibilities devolved from Westminster.

Lady Warsi resigned last week. Photo: Getty
Is the wizardry of Conservative strategist Lynton Crosby a myth?
By Tim Wigmore - 11 August 13:12

Lady Warsi reminds the Tories of their problem with demographics. It is unclear whether the Conservatives have a long-term plan to adjust to the changing face of the British electorate.

Junior Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds has resigned.
Second Foreign Office Minister resigns in a week
By Lucy Fisher - 11 August 12:36

Mark Simmonds leaves the Government.

Downing Street is wrong to reject demands for a recall on the grounds that "our focus is humanitarian support".
MPs want a chance to debate Iraq whether or not military action is planned
By George Eaton - 11 August 10:34

Downing Street is wrong to reject demands for a recall on the grounds that "our focus is humanitarian support". 

The Conservatives need to change more than just their leader if they are to win a majority.
Boris would boost Tory support by just one point if he became leader
By George Eaton - 10 August 10:10

The Conservatives need to change more than just their leader if they are to win a majority. 

When funding is tight, we need a shift away from sticking plaster services to radical early intervention.
Big reform, not big spending, will save Sure Start
By Lucy Powell - 10 August 0:01

When funding is tight, we need a shift away from sticking plaster services to radical early intervention. 

The Kurdistan Region needs more than words of solidarity or humanitarian assistance.
Parliament should be recalled to authorise military support for Iraq
By Mike Gapes - 09 August 19:57

The Kurdistan Region needs more than words of solidarity or humanitarian assistance. 

"We are legislation junkies!" says Charles Walker, arguing that Government should pass fewer laws.
Charles Walker MP: "We’re not there to serve the public, we’re representatives of our communities"
By Lucy Fisher - 08 August 17:52

The champion of the backbenches talks to the New Statesman about idealism, democracy, and the need for "injury time" in Commons debates.

The Ukip leader finally makes his choice.
Farage to stand for selection in South Thanet
By George Eaton - 08 August 15:48

Ukip leader plans to run in Tory-held constituency where his party currently polls first. 

Boris Johnson visited the Husseini Mosque in Northholt during his mayoral campaign in 2008.
Should religion ever play a role in policy-making?
By Muddassar Ahmed and Kishan Manocha - 08 August 15:13

As market and utilitarian analyses increasingly dominate our public discourse, religious voices could offer fresh insights.

The act was denounced as "bullying" at the time, but Salmond's struggles prove it was the right choice.
Westminster's pledge to deny Scotland the pound has been vindicated
By George Eaton - 08 August 14:48

The act was denounced as "bullying" at the time, but Salmond's struggles prove it was the right choice. 

On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Fifty-Six
By New Statesman - 08 August 11:02

The week’s politics, Cory Arcangel talks about his new book “Working On My Novel”, and we ask, what exactly is a city?

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